anticipation

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin anticipatio; compare with French anticipation.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /æn.tɪs.ɪˈpeɪ.ʃən/, /æn.tɪs.əˈpeɪ.ʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Noun[edit]

anticipation (countable and uncountable, plural anticipations)

  1. The act of anticipating, taking up, placing, or considering something beforehand, or before the proper time in natural order.
    Often the anticipation of a shot is worse than the pain of the stick.
  2. The eagerness associated with waiting for something to occur.
    He waited with great anticipation for Christmas to arrive.
    • November 20, 1836, Samuel Thodey, The Honour Attached to Eminent Piety and Usefulness
      anticipation of that final hour which he had long contemplated as near at hand
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
      The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; [] . Now she had come to look upon the matter in its true proportions, and her anticipation of a possible chance of teaching him a lesson was a pleasure to behold.
  3. (finance) Prepayment of a debt, generally in order to pay less interest.
  4. (rhetoric) Prolepsis.
  5. (music) A non-harmonic tone that is lower or higher than a note in the previous chord and a unison to a note in the next chord.
  6. (obsolete) Hasty notion; intuitive preconception.

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɑ̃.ti.si.pa.sjɔ̃/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

anticipation f (plural anticipations)

  1. anticipation

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